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Kids’ Covid Vaccinations Plummet as U.S. Considers Shots for Younger Children

A child receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a pediatric's office in West Bloomfield, Michigan, on Nov. 4, 2021. 

A child receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a pediatric's office in West Bloomfield, Michigan, on Nov. 4, 2021. 

Photographer: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg

Covid-19 vaccinations among children ages 5-11 have fallen to the lowest levels since the shots were first approved, a sign that parental enthusiasm for the shots may be running low even as authorities consider expanding the shots to even younger children.

The seven-day average of first doses fell to about 37,062 on Jan. 28, marking the slowest one-week period since the government approved the vaccines for those children on Nov. 2, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Just 31% of kids 5-11 have gotten a shot, compared with 75% of the total population.